NEASC Accreditation relies on a voluntary, peer review process which engages thousands of educators in school visits each year. NEASC volunteers are an outstanding asset to the process of accreditation. These well-trained peer reviewers (NEASC "Visitors") put their best efforts forth when they visit schools to observe teaching and learning, meet with members of the learning community, and validate the findings from the school's self-reflection. Participating on a NEASC Accreditation Visiting Team is a unique, immersive experience frequently referred to by volunteers as the best professional development they've had as an educator.
Once a school becomes a Candidate for Accreditation or is a fully accredited NEASC Member School it is a very important aspect of the accreditation process — and a NEASC policy — that the school head encourage academic staff and leadership to qualify to serve as a NEASC volunteer and to allow them to participate on Visiting Teams/Committees when invited.
Peer-review is a unique opportunity for schools to receive a detailed, objective evaluation/validation from trusted, highly qualified, and thoroughly trained colleagues in the educational community. The experience garnered from school visits will be extremely helpful not only to the individual volunteers, but to their home school as well, as it enhances a school's preparation for their own pathway to NEASC Accreditation.